The Trouble With Teething

We are pretty sure Lauren is teething, and I want to know your experiences.

We call it the "bubble beard" when a patch of saliva bubbles forms on Lauren's chin.  All the drooling, the constant sucking on her fist and tiny firm grooves in her gums make us think the little one is teething.  Friends have told me about some of the bizarre side effect teething seems to have on their kids.  I say bizarre because what happens in concert with the cutting of a new tooth doesn't have anything to do with a tooth coming through the gums. 

Lauren is a little more than four months old.  Some babies start teething this early, but experts say the process starts later for many children.  

There are many things to try to help babies soothe their angry gums.  My sister suggested a damp washcloth.  There is a special giraffe teething toy that many moms recommend.  I've heard frozen bagels are awesome.  So far, Lauren seems to be getting the most relief from the good old-fashioned teething ring that we keep either frozen or very cold.

Do you have any suggestions for helping teething babies?  How did it go for your kids?

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  • by Aunt for now Location: Washington, NC on Sep 24, 2010 at 08:45 AM
    With my nephew, we purchased something that looked like a pacifier but the part he put in his mouth was a mesh material. We would put cold fruit in the net so he could chew on it but would only swallow the juice. (watermelon, peaches, grapes, etc - soft fruit)
  • by Morgan Location: Ayden, NC on Sep 9, 2010 at 06:22 PM
    I use frozen waffles in different flavors. They give her a little taste. They thaw out fast and once they are thawed, they break up. But, my 7mth old loves them!!

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